Are FPS fans getting a little over the edge?
by Pappy-R and the PQ Pack-O-Plenty
So you think your game is better than the one that other guy/gal is playing eh? You're the ultimate judge on what everyone should be playing. Well we've got this topic all tied up this week as Excalibur_Z gets us all fired up with his rant about "Over Competitive Gaming". Actually we're a pretty easy group to get fired up, so let's just skip to the good stuff. Here's this week's jewel.
Hi PQ Crew, first time ranter, long time lurker, so bear with me =)
There have always been fanatics in the FPS genre - those that will choose their FPS over another. Fairly lately though, as most of these new FPSs are coming out (Unreal Tournament, Quake III, Tribes 2, Counter-Strike, etc), I've seen this fanaticism turn hostile. People will go to forums and chatrooms and simply spam about how their FPS is better than the rest, and how the competition "sucks" (or, as the case may be, "sux0rz"). Most of the time, these individuals will include little or no factual evidence proving that said game is better in a certain respect. This happens all over the Internet, and it really starts to tear inter-game communities apart. I've seen people say "Tribes 2 0wnz yer b0nez", as well as "UT rocks the rest" and "CS is THE game. PH34R.", but for some reason I haven't seen the Quake community turn it this way.
Thus, consider this a mixed rant-rave... a "ravant" if you will. The fanatics of the FPS world will bicker amongst themselves, but meanwhile the Quake community remains fairly silent. As I've seen in the past and present on the PQ Forums, people who promote any game besides Quake are met with slightly supportive open arms, even if they're not already a part of the Q community. I've been to a lot of forums and chats in my 'net lifespan, but most of them are filled with radicals that refuse to believe there are other games out there. However, the Q-munity seems to keep an open mind about everything, and is respectful to boot. I haven't gone through a single Q3 match without receiving a "gg" at the end, but I can't say the same for UT or CS servers, where people may say things like "my lag bites" or "u got lucky". I wonder what comes over people... why they feel they have to promote their favorite game at the expense of someone else's favorite game?
Boom baby! This should be a pretty damned interesting toss around the virtual room and I really think we'll see some variation by the PQ Crew. But then again they've fooled me before, so don't take anything for granted around here. This week Hellchick was first with her reply, a scant 21 minutes after I sent out this week's topic. Take a peek at why she was so quick on the draw.
I have to disagree somewhat with Excalibur_Z, and I hate to do it but I feel the need to. I've played UT, Counterstrike, all the Quakes, and a few other online games, and every community, Quake included, has their share of losers who enjoy berating others who play and like a different game. Unfortunately for Counterstrike, they seem to have the lion's share, but I've seen it equally in both the UT and the Q3A communities.
It wasn't really a big deal, I think, until Q3A and UT were released, VERY close together. Both games have some similarities, so I think it's natural for one group to think their choice is better, but I hate seeing the inevitable debate that comes with a UT player and a Q3A player getting together. I really think on this issue that ALL the communities need to grow up and quit the moaning and whining. UT and Q3A are different, and I for one enjoy playing both. They have a COMPLETELY different feel to me, and I think that if you like one over the other it's because you're attracted to that different feel. That doesn't mean that one game is better than the other, it just means their DIFFERENT, and differences are a good thing because without them, we'd all be either bored to tears or boring ourselves. Revel in the differences, but don't slander another community because they like a different game.
It's unfortunate, but yeah, I DO think our community -- the Quake community -- has its share of those who put down UT and UT players. Every community is guilty of it, but that also shouldn't be representative of the community as a whole. I find great things in all communities. Except maybe Counterstrike. I hate those %^*&ers, and their game suX0rz!!!!
I debated for about five whole minutes on whether or not to put in Hellchick's "just kidding" at the end there, but I figured she gets enough mail, so I'll be good. I think we'll all agree that UT set quite a few debates off in the FPS world. Now let's give Love2Play her say on the matter. Is it just me or did the ladies get their replies in quick this week?
Having an especially warm place in my heart for PQ forums, I totally agree that they are very accepting when it comes to other gamers. That is mainly because we play other games. Not as often as our beloved Quake, but we are FPS gamers to a fault. It's usually someone new to the Community that will bash another game. Then our forumers let them know it's not the "cool" thing to do.
As for the other gamers, I think you have to put it into perspective. The age group and the newness of the game is how "developed" those people are as quality gamers. And how intelligent their responses in a game or on a forum are. Counter-Strike is an average of males 13-18 playing. Nuff said. You can't expect much from kids who play CS 14 hours a day. It makes them lack social skills. And then newer games have a new gamer base. People who have not been taught the ways of the old code. ;-)
I can tell you though that not seeing "gg" at the end of a match is not game specific. I see it quite often even in Quake 3 and that is because no one is learning what is polite. No differently than a newbie coming into and chat room and using all caps, you have to tell them what the "code" is to help them fit in.
Well ain't she sweet, you can tell she has helped far more than her share of newbies play and act with some sense of right and wrong. As much as it's almost a cliche' at this point, it does come down to age for a ton of issues. Is this one of them? That's gonna be up to you all at the end. Until we get there though, let's sit up and listen as Will talks us down off this ledge.
Next up, more PQ opinions, including Pappy himself...